Vox Bendigo Fyffe Writing Award 2017

Now in its third year, the Vox Bendigo Fyffe Writing Award opens for entries on Wednesday February 1, and closes on Wednesday April 26.

La Trobe Uni lecturer, poet and writer Scott Alterator was integral to the VB process last year, hosting the celebration at Bendigo Writers Festival where we launched the tiny zine, designed by Jacqui Lynch, featuring the winning poems by Tru Dowling and Melinda Kallasmae.

Rod Fyffe has come up trumps (!) once more, with funding assistance, so this year, to keep it fresh and evolving, we’ve divided the Award into two categories: Poetry and Essay. Continue reading

New ways to do it

A bit informal, relaxed and very lively… and it’s free.

On Friday August 12, from 5.30pm to 7pm, in the Festival Hub in the Capital’s Banquet Room, you can get into festival mood with Scott Alterator and friends – Samuel Wagan Watson, Bruce Oakman, Cate Kennedy and musician Rowan Blackmore.

This is the now traditional poetry cabaret, which has been a part of both Bendigo Writers Festival and the Write on the Fringe Festival since the start.

This year, we’re teaming up with Write on the Fringe, and showcasing, too, the winners of the Vox Bendigo Fyffe Award.

Come along and check out the VBFA zine, a little book, designed by Jacqui Lynch, which features the two winning poems, by Tru S Dowling and Melinda Kallasmae.

Scott Alterator is keen to see local writing published in new and interesting ways and this zine is the start of that journey.

We hope to see you there…

Too much or too little?

The Vox Bendigo Fyffe Award closed for entries last week, so we’ve started the process of judging a shortlist for publication in a small book, and choosing one winner for a $1000 prize.

We made it thematic this year (and also free to enter): In This Place is the topic and we asked for any kind of writing about Central Victoria. Continue reading

Writing prizes celebrate Central Vic

Bendigo Writers Festival announces two competitions to celebrate the landscape, history and people of Central Victora.

The 2016 Vox Bendigo Fyffe Award is open to everyone, for writing on the theme “In This Place: Central Victoria”. Shortlisted writers will be published in a book, to be launched at Bendigo Writers Festival in August, and the winner will receive $1000.

The 2016 Vox Bendigo Book: Young Writers Anthology is open to school students from years 3 to 11. The theme of the competition is “My Place”, with winning entries to be published in a book that will be launched during Bendigo Writers Festival.

“Our festival is about reading and writing and we know how much people enjoy hearing stories about this region, so these two prizes invite people young and old to see their work published in books we hope will delight us all,” coordinator of the Young Writers Anthology competition, Cecile Shanahan, says.

“Bendigo Mayor Rod Fyffe got behind the open prize last year and this year we’re really pleased that Rotary Club of Bendigo is backing the Young Writers Anthology.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see what kind of writing about our region turns up for both prizes.”

The Vox Bendigo Fyffe Award will be coordinated by Bendigo Writers Festival director Rosemary Sorensen.

Ms Sorensen says there will be no quibbling about whether or not a place is within the Central Victorian region.

“We are happy for the region to be inclusive, and would love to receive writing by and about those people who live outside Bendigo,” she says.

“We think of ourselves as geographically sitting somewhere in the middle of a big, complex, diverse and fascinating region, and the idea of these prizes is to do our bit towards documenting all that in entertaining words.”

More information about both prizes can be found at the Bendigo Writers Festival website, or from The Capital, marketing manager Anne Henshall, a.henshall@bendigo.vic.gov.au.

Open for entries: Vox Bendigo Fyffe Prize

In This Place


The 2016 Vox Bendigo Fyffe Award this year celebrates the landscape, history and people of Central Victoria.

We invite submissions of essays, poems or stories on the theme, “In This Place: Central Victoria”.

There is no minimum word length but submissions must be no longer than 3000 words.

The winning entry will receive $1000.

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